The Oscars are known for their glitz and glamour, but this year, the most heartwarming moment came from “Aftersun” star, Paul Mescal, and his charming plus one, his mother Dearbhla.
Dressed in a 70s style white Gucci tux with a red rose in his lapel, Paul looked like a dream prom-date. But it was his mum, Dearbhla, who stole the spotlight with her touching words to Variety: “This is just the most incredible, incredible moment – and it’s real, it’s actually not fantasy, it’s actually real.”
When asked about his journey to the Oscars, Paul’s mum expressed her trust in him from the beginning: “I trusted him, he just knew what he wanted to do, and let’s just go with it.”
Their appearance on the red carpet was made even more special by the fact that Dearbhla had recently undergone chemotherapy for bone marrow cancer. This made Paul’s nomination all the more meaningful, and his sister, Nell Mescal, had tweeted earlier that day about their mum’s courage in facing the illness.
Despite the odds, Paul never imagined that he would receive an Oscar nomination for his role in “Aftersun,” where he plays a single father on vacation with his daughter. But his mum always had faith, telling ABC: “She’s had that date booked in her diary for years. She had lots of confidence, probably more confidence than I did, that this was ever going to happen.”
The power of a mother’s love was also recognized by Michelle Yeoh, who won Best Actress for her role in “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” She paid tribute to her 84-year-old mother watching from home in Malaysia and thanked “all the mums in the world because they are really the superheroes and without them, none of us would be here tonight.”
Overall, it was a heartwarming reminder that, amidst all the glitz and glamour, the love and support of family is what truly matters.